Electric chairs… Need I say more? Apparently, yes, as it’s not what you probably think it is! Here, we’re talking about one good-looking showcase by Kartell – “7 Electric Chairs… As You Like It” at Teatro alla Scala in Milan:
The collection is a collaborative effort between Kartell and Robert Wilson, American director and stage designer, in celebration of Wilson’s 70th birthday. The seven chair-sculptures are made of transparent polycarbonate with white colored neon lights inserted inside.
Why 7 and why it’s the way we like it, you ask? Let’s hear it from the designer, Mr. Wilson himself:
“From the number seven. Seven days of the week. I am 70 years old, seven decades, seven deadly sins and there are many more references in philosophy, mathematics. Shakespeare’s play ‘As you like it’ contains the seven ages of man, there are seven dwarfs in Snow white and there is the soft drink 7UP. Seven has always been a number that interested me.”
The collection was on display at the “Arturo Toscanini” box foyer at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano in Milan, Italy, September 19-30.
The Miss Less Chair is the latest creation from Philippe Starck‘s collaboration with Eugeni Quitllet to have been presented during the Salone del Mobile in Milan this year. Sleek, minimalistic, glossy, plastic. Watch the designer, who says he’s “still with Kartell because he’s still with his wife”, speak on it:
Magic Hole is a collection of a two-seats sofa and an armchair designed by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet for Kartell. The furniture comes in white, grey or black with an option of a contrasting “inside” color of orange or green.
Said to unify the style and practicality, Magic Hole collection is suitable for frequent use in public places, outside areas and even by swimming pools.
Foliage by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell – Milan 2011 (13)
In Milan this week: plushy blanket-like quilted seat on white plastic legs (that somehow remind me of little doll furniture pieces) – new design from Patricia Urquiola for Kartell.
Called Foliage, the design features branching thermoplatic legs and a polyurethane foam seat covered in stretchy fabric stitched with a leaf-shaped motif.
Material: Frame batch dyed technopolymer thermoplatic;
Seat polyurethane foam padding with quilted elastic fabric covering;
Size: L. 185 cm, H. 90 cm, D. 90 cm
Colours: red fabric, cream frame; cream fabric, acid green frame; green fabric, black frame; petrol blue fabric, hazelnut frame; sugar bag blue fabric, red frame; black fabric, cream frame; sand fabric, cream frame; acid green fabric, red frame.
The Kartell booth at 2011 IMM Cologne featured the Masters Chair by Philippe Starck that combines 3 famous chairs, the Series 7 by Jacobsen, the Tulip by Saarinen, and the Eiffel Chair by Eames. Glad I can feature some of my own photos.